The Florida Department of Health in Lake County (DOH-Lake) offers free COVID-19 testing to residents and non-residents, including children, at two locations. No testing criteria is required, and appointments are not necessary.

Have you ever wondered about your family history? How did you come to live in the United States? Who was your first relative to arrive on the shores? Where did they come from? Why did they leave their homeland?

Anointed Community Services International, in partnership with the Law Offices of S.A. Peterkin, offers free monthly Naturalization Clinics for those seeking U.S. citizenship and permanent residency. For more information, contact the ACSI office at 352-404-7898, ext. 101, at the Elese Tomlin…

If you like TED talks, you’ll love TEDxLSSC Salon events, which will be held monthly at Lake-Sumter State College beginning in September. The theme for the upcoming event is “Life & Success…things you wish you learned in high school.” Talks will feature topics including financial literac…

Nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) recently launched the Lake County Solar Co-op to help Lake County residents go solar. Partnering on the co-op are the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lake County, Poder Latinx, Sierra Club Central Florida Group and the Trout Lake Nature Center.

Guido is 3-month-old male domestic shorthair blend cat with the best “mustache.” He loves to play with all kinds of toys and run around and be silly, like all kids his age. He also loves snuggling and lap time. And, according to The Animal League, Guido is quite talkative, chatting about his…

Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, also known as UF/IFAS, is offering beginning and intermediate gardeners programs to help participants successfully grow their own food while protecting the environment. Tips will be provide…

Lake County is set to receive a total of $64 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding, with a direct allocation of 25% ($16 million) being made available up front, and the remaining 75% ($48 million) only accessible via reimbursement after the initial $16…

The Clermont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5277 recently donated a raised garden to the Lakes of Clermont Health and Rehabilitation Center, so residents using wheelchairs would be able to do some gardening. The post commander and quartermaster went online, found and purchased one for $75. “W…

Lake County Schools Superintendent Diane Kornegay and Assistant Superintendent Emily Weiskopf answered questions on Facebook Live last week about the reopening of Lake County schools this fall. Visit http://facebook.com/lakeschools to view a recording of the session.  

Two episodes of Chad Hoover Fishing presented by FishUSA will feature Lake County, according to Lake County’s Office of Visit Lake. The first episode ran July 25, with multiple airings on FOX Sports Network. The episode was to air a total of 37 times throughout the week across FOX’s regional…

The Friday Farmers’ Market at Cagan Crossings features around 20-plus vendors selling everything from hydroponic produce and London meat pies, to fresh baked goods and jewelry. The Market takes place in the area between the Cagan Crossings Town Center and Cagan Crossings Community Library, e…

Aug. 10, Groveland-Mascotte American Legion Post 239 will install new leadership at its regular membership meeting. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The installing officer is 6th District Adjutant, Mike Seidel. New officers are Commander Don Grieb, 1st Vice Commander Joe Landon, 2nd Vice Commander Ch…

For over 25 years, CornerStone Music has been a staple in downtown Clermont, selling quality musical instruments and gear at affordable prices. CornerStone also offers instruction on many stringed instruments and repairs on almost any instrument. Working closely with the local middle and hig…

We have so much to be proud of here in Lake County Schools. We are part of a community that cares about and supports its children. With dedicated teachers, staff and administrators coupled with strong parent engagement and the support of community businesses and organizations, our students h…

The dawn of a new school year is a time marked by change and fresh opportunities. For many children, school marks the first time they are away from their parents for an extended period of time. It also may be the first time they ride in a vehicle other than their parents’ cars.

Thrive Clermont hosted its first-ever Virtual Community Engagement Pop-Up on July 28. Teens interested in giving back to the South Lake County community had the opportunity to learn about what makes a great volunteer and how volunteering can build applicable skills, and also hear from organi…

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has a new all-virtual performance experience for Summer 2020. A concert series features musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of favorite works of chamber music. Concerts run Saturdays at 8 p.m. on Aug. 8, 15 and 22. All concerts…

Editor’s note: For our series highlighting local veterans during July, we had planned to chat with Korean War veteran Forrest “Woody” Boyd. Sadly, he passed away on June 24, before we had a chance to interview him. To honor his memory and service, his daughter spoke with us recently, recount…

“Kilroy Was Here” became a symbol of Americans fighting in World War II. His unique face with that long nose peeking over a wall was seen by many a service man and woman all over the world. But where and how did it start, and was there a real Kilroy behind the design?

The South Lake County Rotary Club recently named Oscar Brea and Sam Worrell its 2019-2020 Rotarians of the Year. Oscar is a newer member who has stepped into many leadership roles. He will serve as treasurer president elect this new rotary year. He also contributed greatly to the South Lake …

Two changes have been made to early voting sites for the upcoming primary elections in Lake County. In south Lake County, a new early voting site was added at the Clermont Arts and Recreation Center, 3700 S. US Hwy. 27 in Clermont. In north Lake County, early voting returns to the W.T. Bland…

Find nonpartisan information with both general and state-specific information on the upcoming primary election, Aug. 18, at VOTE411.org. Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund in October 2006, the site is a “one-stop-shop” for election related-information. At the site, visitor…

Parents, if you haven’t already heard, Wednesday, July 29, is your deadline to complete the online Parent Intent Form to let the Lake County Schools district know your preference for how and where your child will learn. Four options are offered: traditional, Lake County Virtual School, Modif…

Beginning July 21, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began shifting traffic on State Road 33 to a temporary bridge in preparation for the demolition of the old Green Swamp Bridge and construction of a replacement bridge. The bridge is located approximately 1.5 miles north of Co…

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